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wgreene

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I have been using Yahoo as my start-up home page for many months. Inexplicably, however, my start-up page recently has been inadvertently switched to http://www.best-search.info/1526/. I figured it would be a very easy process to reset my home page to Yahoo.

I clicked on Tools, then Internet Options and typed in Yahoo for my home page, clicked Apply and finally clicked OK. I figured this should certainly solve my problem, but it hasn't! Even after resetting Yahoo as my home page, rebooting, and clicking on the IE icon, much to my dismay and disappointment I find that best-search.info/1526/ is still my home page!

Can anyone tell me how and/or why I'm having this problem, and, more importantly, how I can get rid of best-search once and for all and return to the home page of my choosing?

Thank you,
wgreene
 

wgreene

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I figured if I used System Restore I might solve my problem, but I only encountered more problems there!

I found that whenever I clicked on an earlier bold date, nothing at all happened! Then, all of a sudden, I got a warning from McAfee saying Suspicious Scrpit Stopped! The warning message read as follows:

The file rstrui.exe contains a suspicious scripting activity.

Activity: The script is attempting to call the Run method within the IWshShell3 object.

Can someone please tell me what has happened and how I might solve these problems?

Thank you,
wgreene
 
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I am having the same problem. I keep getting sent to www.best-search.info.
Every time I try to reset my home page or type anything into the address bar (anything - my bank, this forum, anything), it redirects me to www.nkvd.us which sends me back to the best-search crapola. I have run ad-aware6 and hijack this and removed all references to NKVD and best-search, but every time I run Ad-Aware again it comes up with 18 new registries entries referring to NKVD and lists them as "possible browser hijack attempts." In the meantime I can't visit any other site, and their search engine turns up the same 5 sites no matter what you search for. It's a miracle I got to here.

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Please do this. Click here: http://www.sherrylynn.us/HijackThis.exe to download Hijack This. Save it to it’s own folder (not temporary files or the desktop).
Close all open windows and open HIJACK THIS. Click “Scan”. When the scan is finished (it only takes a second), the scan button will change to “Save Log”. Click on “Save Log” and save it to NotePad. Copy the entire log and paste it here.

DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET, most items that appear in the log are harmless or even needed. Wait for someone to analyze the scan and advise.
 
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Okay.. here's the log. I went through once and removed everything with a reference to NKVD.. didn't seem to help. Hopefully you guys can pick out the culprit. I hate this crap.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 2:27:57 PM, on 4/11/2004
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\NMSSvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\VERIZO~1\SUPPOR~1\SMARTB~1\MotiveSB.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPClient.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPMon32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\regsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\evntsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Syscm.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Verizon Online Control Pad\VerizonControlPad.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\SupportCenter\bin\mpbtn.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Verizon Online Control Pad\UIEngines\FlashUIEngine\cpskin.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\HighJack This\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://nkvd.us/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://nkvd.us/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.free-popup-killer.com/ie/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.bestbuy.msn.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://nkvd.us/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://nkvd.us/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Verizon Online
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://www.free-popup-killer.com/ie/?q=%s
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,Search = http://nkvd.us/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,Search = http://nkvd.us/
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: OsbornTech Popup Blocker - {FF1BF4C7-4E08-4A28-A43F-9D60A9F7A880} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Motive SmartBridge] C:\PROGRA~1\VERIZO~1\SUPPOR~1\SMARTB~1\MotiveSB.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IPInSightLAN 01] "C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPClient.exe" -l
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IPInSightMonitor 01] "C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPMon32.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSRegSvc] C:\WINDOWS\System32\regsvc32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [regsvc32] C:\WINDOWS\System32\regsvc32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\evntsvc.exe -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Service] C:\WINDOWS\System32\iexplore.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [syscm] C:\WINDOWS\System32\Syscm.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Verizon Online Control Pad] "C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Verizon Online Control Pad\VerizonControlPad.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Microsoft Works Update Detection] C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WkDetect.exe
O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler V3.exe
O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Date Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Date Manager\DateManager.exe
O4 - Global Startup: PrecisionTime.lnk = C:\Program Files\PrecisionTime\PrecisionTime.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Verizon Online Support Center.lnk = C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\SupportCenter\bin\matcli.exe
O9 - Extra button: Control Pad (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Control Pad (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger (HKLM)
O13 - DefaultPrefix: http://www.nkvd.us/
O13 - WWW Prefix: http://www.nkvd.us/
O13 - Home Prefix: http://www.nkvd.us/
O13 - Mosaic Prefix: http://www.nkvd.us/
O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.bestbuy.msn.com
O16 - DPF: {33564D57-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71} - http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/6/E/F6E491A6-77E1-4E20-9F5F-94901338C922/wmv9VCM.CAB
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52...le.com/samantha/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {70BA88C8-DAE8-4CE9-92BB-979C4A75F53B} (GSDACtl Class) - https://www.gamespyid.com/alaunch.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2003120501/housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {8E28B3A9-FE83-45D1-B657-D5426B81A121} (CustomerCtrl Class) - http://cs2b.instantservice.com/jars/customerxsigned34.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
 
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Download AdAware 6 181 from here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
Before you scan with AdAware, check for updates of the reference file by using the "webupdate".
Then ........

Make sure the following settings are made and on -------"ON=GREEN"
From main window :Click "Start" then " Activate in-depth scan"

Then......

Click "Use custom scanning options>Customize" and have these options on: "Scan within archives" ,"Scan active processes","Scan registry", "Deep scan registry" ,"Scan my IE Favorites for banned URL" and "Scan my host-files"

Then.........

Go to settings(the gear on top of AdAware)>Tweak>Scanning engine and tick "Unload recognized processes during scanning" and "Let windows remove files in use at next reboot"

Then...... click "proceed" to save your settings.

Now to scan it´s just to click the "Scan" button.

When scan is finished mark everything for removal and get rid of it.(Right-click the window and choose"select all" from the drop down menu)

Now re-boot...

Then
Download Spybot - Search & Destroy from http://security.kolla.de

After installing, first press Online, and search for, put a check mark at, and install all updates.
Next, close all Internet Explorer and OE windows, hit 'Check for Problems', and have SpyBot remove all it finds that is marked in RED

Run an online antivirus check from at least one and preferably 2 of the following sites....

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/

Re-boot again.

Then post a new HijackThis log to check what is left
 

wgreene

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Well, Lobos, I ran AdAware as you suggested and the result was 162 suspicious files! I deleted all of them, rebooted, and reset my home page to Yahoo, and now my computer seems to be running well. However, I hasten to add that while surfing around briefly, all of a sudden, from out of nowhere, the best-search page reappeared! I quickly closed it out and continued surfing without seeing it again. So I'm not really sure if I'm out of the woods yet. In any event, whenever I click on Home my PC goes to Yahoo, as it should. :)

Thank you very much for your suggestions. I'll let you know if this problem recurs. In the meantime I'll continue to surf -- and to pray!
 
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Good grief.
I have run Ad-Aware and Housecall Antivirus on a weekly basis for some time and been happy with them. Seems they miss alot.

Ad-aware found the usual 18 items related to NKVD (registry values)
SpyBot found 42 problems related to all kinds of spyware/malware.
Housecall found nothing (!)
RAV Antivirus found 22 viruses and virus bodies.
Panda ActiveScan found 38 infected files.

The three AV programs were run one after the other. Here is the new log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 6:51:39 PM, on 4/11/2004
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\VERIZO~1\SUPPOR~1\SMARTB~1\MotiveSB.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPClient.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPMon32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\evntsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\NMSSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Syscm.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Verizon Online Control Pad\VerizonControlPad.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\SupportCenter\bin\mpbtn.exe
C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Verizon Online Control Pad\UIEngines\FlashUIEngine\cpskin.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\HighJack This\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.bestbuy.msn.com
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Verizon Online
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: OsbornTech Popup Blocker - {FF1BF4C7-4E08-4A28-A43F-9D60A9F7A880} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Motive SmartBridge] C:\PROGRA~1\VERIZO~1\SUPPOR~1\SMARTB~1\MotiveSB.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IPInSightLAN 01] "C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPClient.exe" -l
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IPInSightMonitor 01] "C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Visual IP InSight\IPMon32.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\evntsvc.exe -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [syscm] C:\WINDOWS\System32\Syscm.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Verizon Online Control Pad] "C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\Verizon Online Control Pad\VerizonControlPad.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler V3.exe
O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Verizon Online Support Center.lnk = C:\Program Files\Verizon Online\SupportCenter\bin\matcli.exe
O9 - Extra button: Control Pad (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Control Pad (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger (HKLM)
O13 - Mosaic Prefix: http://www.nkvd.us/
O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.bestbuy.msn.com
O16 - DPF: {33564D57-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71} - http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/6/E/F6E491A6-77E1-4E20-9F5F-94901338C922/wmv9VCM.CAB
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52...le.com/samantha/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {70BA88C8-DAE8-4CE9-92BB-979C4A75F53B} (GSDACtl Class) - https://www.gamespyid.com/alaunch.cab
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/2004033001/housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/xscan53.cab
O16 - DPF: {8E28B3A9-FE83-45D1-B657-D5426B81A121} (CustomerCtrl Class) - http://cs2b.instantservice.com/jars/customerxsigned34.cab
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5/asinst.cab
O16 - DPF: {A3009861-330C-4E10-822B-39D16EC8829D} (CRAVOnline Object) - http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/ravonline.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
 

wgreene

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While things are going much better, it appears that I'm still have some problems with best-search.

I was at the Major League Baseball website and when I clicked on mlb shop the best-search page appeared instead! I quickly clicked the Back button which sent me to the mlb shop page. Perhaps I need to run the other AV programs you mentioned, and SpyBot too.
 

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It looks like you both have browser hijacks. Can't hurt to run CWS Shredder.

You can get it here:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/CWShredder.exe

Close all browser windows, click "Fix" and let it run.

Then restart your computer.

IMPORTANT! To help prevent this from happening again, you should go to "Windows Update" and install all the critical security patches and service packs.

Cookie
 

wgreene

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Thanks for the advice. I'm going to run CWShredder as you suggested.

By the way, I ran a virus scan (McAfee) last night at bedtime and found out this morning that I had four Exploit-Byte Verify trojans, which I deleted. And only a day or so ago McAfee detected and cleaned another trojan, JS/Noclose.gen. So it's been an interersting past few days!

I may be wrong, but I believe all of my Windows Updates are done automatically.

Thanks again for your help.

wgreene
 

wgreene

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Well, as I was saying, I was going to download and run CWShredder, but guess what happened when I clicked to download CWShredder? The best-search page appeared once again!!! Please tell me how I can get to CWShredder. I figure there must be a way, but I don't know what it is.

Thank you,
wgreene
 

mjack547

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Kaox please do not add to another person thread. I have ask someone to move your thread

Run hijackthis again and fix these ...

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = about:blank

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = about:blank


.this is your browser hijacker

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [syscm] C:\WINDOWS\System32\Syscm.exe

O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler V3.exe
O4 - Startup: PowerReg Scheduler.exe


Reboot in safe mode and delete this file

C:\WINDOWS\System32\ Syscm.exe

Post a new hijackthis log when you are done
 
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hi wgreen

did you ever get hijack this if so please post log
if not

Please do this. Click here: http://www.sherrylynn.us/HijackThis.exe to download Hijack This. Save it to it’s own folder (not temporary files or the desktop).
Close all open windows and open HIJACK THIS. Click “Scan”. When the scan is finished (it only takes a second), the scan button will change to “Save Log”. Click on “Save Log” and save it to NotePad. Copy the entire log and paste it here.

DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET, most items that appear in the log are harmless or even needed. Wait for someone to analyze the scan and advise.
 
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